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Online Issues The Vector: NJIT’s Student Newspaper

Vol. XCV | Issue 14 Week of December 11, 2018

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Week of December 11, 2018 Student Senate

STUDENT SENATE UPDATE By Owen Busler | Senior Staff Writer Vector Summary 12/5/2018

ADVISORS Operational Advisor Kristie Damell Faculty Advisor Miriam Ascarelli EXECUTIVE BOARD Editor-in-Chief Cassidy Lavine Executive Editor Akinlolu Pelumi Aguda Managing Editor Carmel Rafalowsky Business Manager Daniel Cruz Web and Multimedia Editor Victoria Nguyen Photography Editor Spencer Asral

Public Forum The senate meeting of Dec. 5, 2018, began with two honors college students coming forward to express concerns and frustration with members of the honors advisement staff. Those with concerns related to the university are encouraged to come out and speak to senate during their public forum. Student Senate kicks off every meeting with a forum, during which anyone can share their thoughts. After those concerns, Wanda, a Gourmet Dining Services (GDS) employee, informed senate of a grant she acquired that will allow GDS to install a new dishwasher and renovate the cafeteria dish room next summer.

E-Board Reports Vice President of Administration Beshoy Shokralla informed all in attendance that the add-drop resolution was approved. This resolution extends the add-drop period from five days to two weeks, be enacted in 2019. Shokralla also shared details from his meeting with Provost Deek. Shokralla expressed concerns over cross registration, explaining that NJIT students are oftentimes ‘locked out’ of a section or course due to seats held for Rutgers students. Shokralla pointed out that more Rutgers students cross-register for NJIT courses than vice versa, and that the policy is somewhat unfair to NJIT students. Deek plans to investigate the matter, and NJIT’s senate will contact Rutgers’ senate to look for a mutually beneficial and fair solution. Aditya Patwardhan, vice president of student affairs, spoke of his meeting with public safety. While public safety officers do all they can to keep students safe, students must also be aware of steps they can take to ensure their safety. Public safety urged student to use crosswalks and remove headphones when crossing streets. They also sug-

gested students not use their phones while crossing. Public safety officers will begin holding safety checkpoints, where they will stop individuals who are driving recklessly. Lastly, radar speed signs may be installed around campus to help curb speeding. Club Manager Mina Morcos informed everyone that Civicon has been renamed to NJIT Leads. NJIT Leads will be held on Feb. 2, 2019 and will focus on self-development. Club leaders are required to attend for Campus Labs training. New Senators Linus Garcia ran for and was elected to the position of applied physics representative. After transferring from Morris County College, Garcia knows NJIT’s physics curriculum needs revamping. He believes the focus should be on understanding and comprehension, rather than using formulas in very specific cases. SAFRB There were five Student Activity Fund Review Board proposals approved this week for a total of $91,000. The first $22,000 were allocated for flowers around campus and improvements to the campus center terrace. The next

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Wind and String Concert SAC's Relaxation Lounge

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12:00pm - 1:00pm Jazz Concert Nucleus Winter Banquet 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Senior Staff Rachel Deahl Jonpierre Grajales Shanee Halevi Yasmine Ibrahim Daniil Ivanov David Korty Prem Naik Siri Uppuluri Adrian Wong Isaac Scafe Colin Bayne Ralph Legge Beshoy Shokralla Nicole Cheney

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STAFF Katherine Ji Owen Busler Sreya Das Kayla Mitchell Katherine DeMottie Ivan Hernandez Anuj Patel Sreya Sanyal Rick-kendy Noziere Arif Uddin

Resignations This week was Patwardhan’s last meeting as vice president of student affairs, since he is graduating at the end of the semester. Patwardhan thanked senate for being a family to him and wished them good luck in their future endeavors.

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proposal called for $12,000 for the installation of digital advertising screens in high-student-use areas, which will allow clubs and organizations to advertise events around campus without creating paper waste. The next proposal aimed to improve the 4th-floor club meeting rooms with new furniture, carpeting, and a projector with a team works connection box. These upgrades will cost $44,000. The last two proposals aim to improve the campus center basement. Two club rooms will be renovated to match the upgrades done to the other 10 last year, and new lighting will be installed throughout the basement. These upgrades will cost $10,000 and $5,000 respectively.

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1:03AM Officers responded to a call of disorderly persons creating a disturbance at 321 MLK Blvd. Upon arrival, everything was in order an no action was necessary.

2:03PM Staff member reported somebody drew an inappropriate image in wet cement behind the honors building. Contractors were notified to fill in the area. Referred to detective bureau.

NJIT Vector Summary 12/17/2018

Times Shown are Times Reported For 11/30/18 through 12/6/18




Week of December 11, 2018

2018 Director’s Project By Kaylin Wittmeyer | Staff Writer

The “2018 Director’s Project” ran this past weekend in the Jim Wise Theater, and it was not an event to be missed. “The Director’s Project” is a series of nine short plays, each ten minutes long, that are directed, performed, and staged by students. Each of the directors, ranging from sophomores to super seniors, are part of the Theater 213 course Directing, and this show is a project for the class. Watching the plays felt nothing like sitting through a normal class presentation, however; the production was very well done. The set and sound design were beautiful, and allowed the shows to flow together nicely. Every play was entertaining or intriguing in its own way. The directors were free to choose any play and were not restricted to a theme. However, with plays about break ups, mysterious boxes, mental illness, and wanting to murder our family members, each one seemed to explore our connections with other people, and what it means to be human. Humor was a common theme throughout most of them. From the very beginning, the audience was laughing, and by the end of act two, my sides hurt. That’s not to say there were not serious plays; a particular-

The objective is simple: "How do you tell a clear story?"

ly touching play about dealing with the suicide of a loved one moved me to tears. Each play was performed with honesty and skill on the part of the student actors. The most telling was the audience’s reaction, which only grew in engagement and enjoyment as the night went on. I was truly surprised by the range and nerve of many of the shows. One of the plays explored our obsession with celebrities, and the zany things we do to get our chance at fame. Another followed a dinner between two exes, riddled with sexual tension, innuendo, fiery kisses, and general hilarity. Another asked what would happen if an elf granting a Christmas wish suddenly turned into a malicious life or death situation. But “The Director’s Project” is so much more than an enjoyable compilation of short plays. In the words of Marisa Sigas, a second-year computer science major and the director of “Becky’s X-Mas List”, it gives students the opportunity exercise both a passion for STEM-related fields and the arts, whether as directors, actors, or stage crew. She says that, “People polarize the fields so much, but both require problem solving and creativity, and experience in each one can really inform work in

the other.” Some directors, like senior Jason Newkirk, had the added challenge of working with technology in their main props. Sigas says that directing requires three distinct skills: “cooperation, communication, and decisiveness”. The directors were in charge of casting their play, organizing rehearsals, balancing the work of actors with different levels of experience, and working to ultimately communicate their message to a diverse student audience. Some students, like Sigas, had never directed before, while others, such as super-senior Janelle Castellano (director of “Jump”), had worked as a director in New York City, and were able to bring a broader perspective to their directing experience. The course Directing is taught by Professor Louis Wells every other year and is open to all majors. Wells says that the goal of the class is simple: “How do you tell a clear story?”. While the curtain has closed on this year’s “Director’s Project”, make sure to buy your tickets to the next one. It is not something to miss.

More Than A Nusiance

NJIT Researchers Illuminate Disease-Carrying Mosquitoes By John Hawks | Contributing Writer According to the World Health Organization, mosquitos are the “greatest menace” of disease-spreading insects. Mosquitos can transmit yellow fever, dengue fever, and malaria, which affect 500 million people a year. Despite the damage mosquitos do every year, keeping track of the tiny insects has proven difficult. Researchers at NJIT, led by Dr. Benjamin Thomas, have made progress on a high-capacity insect tracking technology that utilizes infrared lasers. The light detection and ranging (LiDAR) technology used in this research to track and learn about mosquitos operates similarly to Radio detection and ranging (RaDAR). Like RaDAR systems, a signal is emitted and is backscattered to the sensor. From the strength and time of the returning signal, information about what it encountered can be determined. Unlike RaDAR, however, which uses radio waves, Li-

DAR uses infrared light waves. Thomas’ research highlights the crossovers in physics and environmental science. He says, “its applied optics… I use optics to solve problems… so you have to apply it to a different field.” LiDAR technology is often employed in geographic information systems (GIS) and atmospheric composition mapping tools. The technology has recently been used to map marine environments. Thomas has used LiDAR before to study atmospheric gases. The research is being conducted at the Tiernan Hall Optics Lab using an infrared laser apparatus in a tube with captive mosquitos. When mosquitos enter the path of the laser, the system can then gather information on them. Using data gathered from the backscattering of light from mosquitos, the team is able to detect subtle changes in signal between a female and male

mosquito. One of the main indicators used is wing beat frequency, which is higher for males than females. As the mosquito flaps its wings, its cross sectional area changes, so the amount of light returning to the sensor oscillates depending on the wing beat frequency. So far, the team has reported a 96.5% success rate at identifying the sex of the mosquito. This is notable, since female mosquitos are the main vectors for disease. There is still room to improve research methods, as the lab currently identifies mosquito species with 75% accuracy—an important detail, as some species are more likely to carry disease than others. By using and reading different polarizations of light, the team believes it can improve species detection accuracy. Thomas explained that, “a rougher surface will depolarize light more than one that is perfectly smooth,”. The light that

leaves the laser is polarized but can become depolarized as it interacts with the insect body. A true challenge, as different mosquito species have unique color patterns and body hairs that interact with light in subtle, varied ways. Working with Thomas is Professor Gregory Williams of the Rutgers Center for Vector Biology. The research team includes two PhD students from the NJIT Physics Department, Adrien Genoud and Roman Basistyy. Williams brings a entomology background to the project. Thomas said, “it’s mostly the students doing the work…they set up the experiment and I supervise. This demonstrates the hands-on work of the NJIT graduate program and undergraduate research.” This technology is important in trying to preempt the spread of mosquito-borne diseases. Currently, diseases are tracked by recorded cases of infection.

But high-volume mosquito tracking can give researches and healthcare and government workers data about mosquito activity in an area before disease is reported. Spikes in mosquito populations could reveal which species is carrying a virus in an area. The team is optimistic that field testing could begin in 2019 and provide “a huge amount of information about mosquitoes and other insects in the environment.” Further information can be found in the journal article “Analysis of predictor variables for mosquito species identification from dual-wavelength polarizationsensitive lidar measurements”, published by journal SPIE Digital Proceeding. All NJIT students have free access to this study via NJIT’s library database.



Week of December 11, 2018


Snapshots Winter Celebration Student Life, SAC, Hillel, NJIT Green, and more collaborate to host a nondenominational winter celebration. Photos By David Korty

SAC Stuff a Bear Students stuff their new toys and benefit charity, thanks to the Student Activity Council.

Photos by Ashraf Siddique

Puppy Therapy

Students relax and enjoy some time with puppies before finals, courtesy of the Minds Matter club. Photos By Katherine Ji

X-Clubs Banquet Members of WJTB, SAC, Senate, Nucleus, and the Vector gathered on Friday night to celebrate the upcoming holidays, thank their staff, and reflect on a successful semester. Photos By Nucleus YearBook




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Agra Pharma Giant Announces 12,000 Layoffs By John Hawks | Contributing Writer

On November 29 Bayer AG announced it would lay off over 12,000 workers in its animal health business. Although most off the layoffs will be in Germany, where the company is based, there will also be layoffs in North America. The move comes after the company’s latest acquisition, Monsanto, lost a lawsuit to a Californian school groundskeeper

who claimed their weedkiller, Roundup, caused his cancer. The stock price of the company fell 2.3% as of the November 29. Amid market uncertainty at the closing of European markets on December 6, the price was down another 3.4%. Bayer AG became known to the world by selling acetylsalicylic acid under the trade name aspirin in 1899. Traditionally a power house in the pharmaceutical industry, Bayer made waves in the agriculture world when it bought Monsanto for $63 billion on June 9, 2018. Monsanto also produces Roundup, which is marketed

worldwide as an herbicide. The company also produced seeds that were genetically modified to be resistant to the herbicide, making it easier for farmers to apply it to fields. Roundup, however, is produced from glyphosate—the active ingredient in Agent Orange, a chemical defoliant used by the U.S. military during the Vietnam War as part of its herbicidal warfare program. that caused 3 million cases of illness. The lawsuit that Bayer inherited with the purchase of Monsanto paves the way for many victims of Roundup to sue the company. NPR reports 46-yearold Dewayne Johnson won his lawsuit against Monsanto for $289 million. In August of this year, a Californian court found the company sold Roundup despite the dangers, and that Roundup caused Johnson’s terminal lymphoma. Bloomberg reports Werner Baumann, the U.S. Chief Execu-

tive Officer of Bayer AG, said the “decisions were not made necessary by the recent acquisition, and certainly not by glyphosate litigation in the U.S.” However the company’s stock continued to fall after the statement, as it had done since the ruling. There are currently 9,000 other cases awaiting litigation. Of the cuts being made, most will be done in the German division of Bayer AG. Only about a third of the 12,000 layoffs will be done in the Monsanto plant science division. The cut represents approximately a tenth of the 118,000 individuals Bayer directly employs. The company has signaled it will outsource more of its pharmaceutical research & development to refocus on its “life sciences” business. Max Bakie, a fourth-year civil engineering student here at NJIT said, “[The news of the layoffs] seems pretty standard, I don’t think they will get rid of

anyone responsible.” Bayer does have a headquarters in Montville N.J., but the company has not yet disclosed which locations will experience layoffs and how it will affect the community. Shanee Halevi, a senior mechanical engineering student, said, “It sucks people are losing their jobs, but I have to go with ‘down with Monsanto’.” Halevi’s is a sentiment widely felt, as protests persist in the German community of Wuppertal, where around 1,000 will lose their jobs. While Bayer does not have any agreements with NJIT, it is considered a Fortune 500 company with highly competitive internships. There is no word yet on how Bayer’s acquisition will affect its standing, though the current situation has investors skeptical.

Sewage Bacteria Promises a Clean Future By Isaac Scafe | Staff Writer Bacteria—what a love-hate relationship the world shares with it. Scientists know them as single-celled organisms capable of thriving in different environments. Most people know them as little buggers capable of causing illnesses that lead to hospitalization or even death. But there’s more to bacteria than meets the eye. Sewage water, a type of wastewater produced by a community of people and containing all sorts of excrement, often contains bacteria and viruses which can contaminate the environment and people that live in the area. So, who would think that mixing both bacteria and sewage would be a good idea? Despite bacteria’s potential for harm harmful, combining certain types of bacteria with sewage water could produce

positive results. And no, this has nothing to do with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. In a recent study, researchers showed that purple phototrophic bacteria, which store energy from light, can recover most carbon from organic matter while generating hydrogen energy. Hydrogen energy is the latest and most promising endeavor in terms of renewable energy. Similar to electricity as a clean energy carrier, hydrogen energy could reduce society’s reliance on oil for fuel, which in turn could reduce the release of greenhouse gases, and other pollutants. In this instance, the purple organism, which belongs to the biggest group of bacteria, uses infrared light to fuel its metabolism, according to Dr. Daniel Puyol, a scientist at King Juan

Carlos University in Spain. “They can perform a range of metabolic reactions, making them a kind of metabolic Swiss army knife,” Puyol said. “For this reason, these organisms are ubiquitous in nature.” Similar to plants, the purple bacteria are able to provide carbon, electrons, and nitrogen required for photosynthesis. However, they do not rely on CO2 or H2O—instead, they use organic molecules and nitrogen gas for photosynthesis inputs. This allows the phototrophic bacteria to produce hydrogen gas and proteins, all while growing faster than alternative bacteria because of their metabolism. The organisms prefer bodies of water, which is where sewage water comes into play. Wastewater treatment plants’ main

problem is the carbon footprint they leave behind. A light-based process that Puyol and his team produced could provide a means to harvest energy from sewage while leaving no carbon footprint. In their study, the group of researchers realized that the nutrient blend that fed the highest rate of hydrogen production also reduced the amount of CO2 produced. In a separate test involving the electrons from a cathode, the purple bacteria used the negatively charged particles to capture more carbon from organic compounds by photosynthesis. The process proved that the purple bacteria release fewer toxins into the atmosphere, and that it could be the energy source of the future that scientists are looking for. In a world where nonrenew-

able energy resources are dwindling, the race to find a suitable replacement is on. Renewable sources such as wind and nuclear energy already exist, but none of them have shown signs of being a reliable energy source. Purple bacteria might be the way to go as the team received a grant to continue research on their methods. John Dallagnese, a freshman studying Mechanical Engineering at NJIT, feels that more people need to accept the idea of renewable energy: “This is another step into our new renewable future. The science and technology is there…we just need everyone to get on board with it.”




Week of December 11, 2018 Opinions

The Cost Of Bitcoin:

In just a year, the energy consumption of the bitcoin network exceeds that of Ireland’s, as well as 19 other European countries. By Parth Agrawal | Contributing Writer After nearly a decade of languid growth since its inception, Bitcoin burst onto the global scene during its investment boom last year. Its value grew 20 times in the span of a year and quadrupled from $5,000 to $20,000 in the just the last quarter of 2017. While the currency seems to have moved out of the fringes of cryptography and into the mainstream, new questions regarding its stability and sustainability have arisen. One concern is Bitcoin’s environmental sustainability. “Mining” bitcoin may have unforeseen and significant energy costs. Bitcoin mining refers to the process by which independent “miners” verify transactions on a blockchain, a publicly-accessible ledger of all payments made using the currency. To validate and process a new “block” containing recent transactions, miners compete to solve a mathematical problem as quickly as possible. Miners who finish first are rewarded with a newly-minted piece of bitcoin. As more blocks are added to the chain, the network makes the mathematical problem harder and harder to solve;

this gives the currency value as new bitcoin becomes scarcer. This system, known as proofof-work, has resulted in an exponentially-increasing amount of electricity consumption, as miners pursue their voracious quests to perform arbitrary computations as fast as possible. The competitive nature of the system incentivizes miners to use more electricity, as faster systems require more of an energy input to power hardware and cooling devices. A recent paper published by Nature Sustainability revealed some alarming statistics about the mining network. For instance, they found it takes more than twice as much energy to mine bitcoin than it does to mine real precious metals. It takes 14 Megajoules of energy to mine one dollar’s worth of bitcoin, while it takes only 5 Megajoules

to mine an equivalent amount of gold and 7 Megajoules for platinum. Additionally, in just a year, the energy consumption of the bitcoin network exceeds that of Ireland’s, as well as 19 other European countries. It also

matches the annual CO2 emissions produced by one million transatlantic flights. The network’s consumption of natural resources and impact on the environment has put the footprint of the Bitcoin network on the map. These issues raise pressing concerns for a currency that is


poised for greater international adoption and investment. But are miners willing to give up potential profits as the world looks for a better solution? “Trends follow dollar signs,” says Shanee Halevi, co-chair of NJIT Green, the university’s student sustainability initiative. “People don’t get how pressing these issues are. To many, ‘climate change’ still brings up images of polar bears, and to a lot of people that doesn't mean much.” It is apparent now that resolving the sustainability issues of cryptocurrency mining is equivalent to managing the environmental impact of a small country. Cheaper means of block validation have been experimented with by other cryptocurrency platforms, including Ethereum. One promising method is proofof-stake, in which currency “forgers” place their own vault as collateral in their verification of new transactions, in exchange for newly-minted coins. This does not require the intensive computations demanded by proof-of-work systems. However, Halevi argues that production systems should be built sustainably from the ground up. “The facts are, pro-

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duction [equals] environmental damage unless it is scrupulously designed to give back to the environment. This is often referred to as a circular economy.” She mentions holistic farming as an example, in which “instead of synthesizing fertilizers, over-spraying fields, and dealing with the effect of runoff to produce a desired result of food, farmers can enable chickens and cows to fertilize the fields, take care of pests, and maintain a healthy growing environment.” Bitcoin mining could be made more sustainable with “technological innovation required to improve efficiency or utilize the excess heat from mining.” Miners could offset their carbon footprint by “planting trees or investing in renewable energy.” Responsibly designing systems is key to ensuring environmental preservation. The Bitcoin network must be critically examined to meet this standard. Though it built the future of cryptocurrency and promises a democratic, freer digital world, society must take steps to ensure that future is a sustainable one.

posted exactly as they were received. Understand there is an unwritten [sic] after every possibly erroneous (or not) response.

By Carmel Rafalowski | Managing-Editor

THIS WEEK: What was your favorite memory from 2018? “switching to Biochem”

“finding the sasquatch”

“when he held my hand for “removing the wrong peothe first time” ple and finding better ones” “when the attorney general interviewed me for an internship”

“all the moments that forced me to grow as a person”

“reconciling my true self with society”

"removing a severely toxic person from my life"

What are you looking forward to in 2019? “biochem” “taming some strange” “becoming the attorney general” “finding the infinity stones and removing 50% of the population with a snap of my fnigers”

“winter break of 2019” “the anti-nuclear war conference” “legal weed New Jersey” “Christmas next year” “getting dat shmoney” "being actually happy"



Week of December 11, 2018



NJIT Esports Team Competes at New York Overwatch Tournament By Sreya Das | Staff Writer

From left to right: Blake E, Konrad K, Daniel K, Nick A, Jake A, Lasha T

On Saturday, December 8, a team of six NJIT gamers braved New York public transportation and the cold streets of Brooklyn, fueled only by some donuts and coffee, to compete in the Invitational Collegiate Overwatch Tournament at the New York Excelsior (NYXL) Shop and Local Area Network (LAN). This is NJIT Esports club’s first time competing at NYXL as part of an official NJIT team. Owned by the New York Mets’ Chief Operating Officer Jeffrey Wilpon, New York Excelsior is an American professional Overwatch Esports team located in New York City. The NYXL Shop and LAN is a pop-up store located in Brooklyn from Nov. 16–Dec. 23. Aside from selling merchandise for its official Overwatch team, the location also makes use of its 36-computer gaming cafe to host high school and college gaming competitions, such as the one NJIT competed in this past weekend. “We just love gaming and our community and obviously, as you know, we are a professional Overwatch team, so we are beginning to … cultivate our local fan base and really get the community excited and inspired,” said Ben Nichol, Head of Events and Business Development at NYXL, when asked about the inspiration for the pop-up store. “With regards to this specific build out, our inspiration

was ‘Let’s do something really fun and cool for our fans during the off-season in the winter when it’s cold and there’s not a whole lot to do, let’s give them a cool, fun, safe, warm space to come hang out, play games, and just be a community.’” At the event, New York University, Rutgers University, New York Institute of Technology, and NJIT competed in six multi-round matches to determine the grand final winner. NJIT’s team included Blake Easton (CS ‘22), Konrad Kropiewnicki (Accounting ‘20), Daniel Kim (Computer Science ‘20), Lasha Tavberidze (Computer Science ‘20), Nick Abadiotakis (Computer Engineering ‘20) and Jake Albert (Mechanical Engineering ‘21). The gamers were accompanied by upcoming president of NJIT Esports Jirassaya Uttarapong (Computer Science ‘20), team coordinator Joo Yong Park (Computer Science ‘20), and head coach Peter Mullen (Business Information Systems ‘21). The first match was a close competition between NYU and Rutgers, resulting in the win and advancement of Rutgers to the winner’s bracket. In the second match, NJIT beat NYIT, and was added to the winner’s bracket as well. The two NJ teams faced off in the winner’s bracket, where NJIT was

defeated by Rutgers and fell into the loser’s bracket. Following this, NYIT conquered NYU, forcing NYU into the loser’s bracket. New Jersey prevailed again when NJIT defeated NYU, causing a rematch between Rutgers and NJIT for the grand finale. It was a very intense game, with even the casters marveling at the victor’s narrow win, but in the end Rutgers remained undefeated. However, the NJIT Overwatch team remains optimistic. “The purpose of the upcoming NJIT Esports initiative is to support teams like the Overwatch one by providing team spirit with upcoming Esports jerseys and funding for attending and hosting tournaments,” said Blake Easton, a first-year Computer Science major and upcoming President of the Overwatch Division of NJIT Esports. “Plans for the future include hosting a collegiate event of our own, and hopefully getting a team practice room with computers to better prepare our teams.” Reflecting on the event, the team is motivated to practice for the upcoming spring collegiate season. Although the Esports team was understandably disappointed by the close loss to Rutgers, there was generally good sportsmanship from all sides; the day ended in a joint Rutgers-NJIT dinner. Overall, it was a ‘good game, well-played’ (or ‘GG, WP’ in gaming lingo).

Snapshots (Cont.) RU-N Chorus NJIT students perform in the Rutgers University-Newark Chorus under the direction of Dr. Brian Harlow on Dec. 2, featuring classic arrangements such as Ave Maria, The Storm is Passing Over, and more. Photos By David Korty and Carmel Rafalowski




Week of December 11, 2018 Game Review

Nintendo Releases Super Smash Bros. Ultimate to Fans’ Delight Gamers Beware! A New Challenger Approaches! By Isaac Scafe | Senior Staff Writer The latest installment of the Super Smash Bros. series, “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate”, hit the gaming market on December 7. This will be the sixth title that Nintendo Co. Ltd has released for the franchise, marking almost 20 years since the first game, “Super Smash Bros.”, was released. “Super Smash Bros.” is Nintendo’s take on a fighting game, but instead of a health system, the player's objective is to knock their opponent off the stage. The original installment featured eight characters with four unlockable characters from the Nintendo Universe. Now, the roster consists of 74 characters from Nintendo and other companies like Capcom Co. Ltd, known for creating games such as “Street Fighter”, “Mega Man”, “Resident Evil”, and more. This means a plethora of different combat styles are available to players. The game also includes 5 downloadable content (DLC) characters, a feature introduced in “Super Smash Bros.” for the Wii U and 3DS. While 74 (79 including DLC) characters may seem overwhelming, players are sure to find one they enjoy using the most.

Along with 11 cut characters from previous games, 11 new characters were also announced during Nintendo Direct, Nintendo's method for updating players on official news. There are also 103 game stages, with each stage boasting an “omega” and “battlefield” form. Over 300 stages are available to play from day 1. Also announced for the game is a new story mode, The World of Light. The World of Light game mode converts the fighting game into a role-playing type video game, for those that prefer to play alone. The player navigates around a world map, rescuing fallen characters after the events of the opening cutscene. At the end of the mode, players must fight and defeat the main villain of the story. Also introduced in The World of Light is the new Spirits System, which replaces the rather useless Collector Trophies from previous games. Along with providing background information for different characters throughout Nintendo history, Spirits can be used to power up the fighter during the campaign. Spirits can be collected and

equipped to the player, granting them abilities based on the character the spirit resembles. While the system may seem confusing at first, it is a subtle nod to the lore of Nintendo's massive library of games. In reference to the game mode itself, fans familiar with the Subspace Emissary story mode from “Super Smash Bros. Brawl” will not be disappointed by The World of Light. Whether or not “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate” is the last for series director Masahiro Sakurai remains to be seen. Sakurai, also the creator of the Kirby franchise, has pondered the idea of retirement since 2015. Sakurai has stated that “it was very tough this time around…”, referring to the development of “Super Smash Bros.” Wii U and 3DS.

“I doubt I'll be able to go on making games if it continues like this. But, I consider myself lucky that so many people seem to enjoy [Smash Bros.]” Whether this is Sakurai's last game or not, the latest title is the ultimate culmination of all Nintendo history. Controls are as fluid as they’ve ever been, and characters are even more balanced, so players don't feel as if they are setting themselves up for failure by picking a specific character. As a game that almost anyone can have fun with, whether casual or competitive, “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate” is, in fact, the ultimate fighting game.

Film Review

"The Good Place" Puts Sitcoms in a Better Place By Prem Naik | Senior Staff Writer By now, many of you have probably heard of “The Good Place”. Created by Michael Schur, who previously worked on “The Office” and “Parks and Recreation”, “The Good Place” is a fresh take on the sitcom formula. With a stellar cast comprised of Kristen Bell, who makes a seamless transition to the small screen, “Cheers” alum Ted Danson, and a breakout role for William Jackson Harper, the characters become more loveable as the show goes on. Twists and turns abound, keeping the audience engaged. The show begins when we meet Bell’s character, Eleanor Shellstrop. After being informed of her death, albeit from a comedic accident, she finds herself in the afterlife—in The Good Place. Eleanor is told by Ted Danson’s Michael, an eternal being who resides in The Good Place, that each of her actions on Earth were weighed, and that she ultimately proved herself to be a good person as a hardworking philanthropist. As such, she wound up in The Good Place—a selective heavenlike place where beings like Michael construct special neighborhoods for souls in the

afterlife to live. Here she is paired up with Chidi Anagonye, a moral philosophy professor who is supposed to be her soulmate. However, things get complicated when Eleanor reveals to Chidi that she does not belong in The Good Place. There’s been a mixup; Eleanor was not, in fact, a ‘good person’, and was selfish and rude to others during her time on Earth. As her confidant and a professor, Chidi and Eleanor decide it is in their best interests to educate and improve Eleanor’s habits and hopefully make her worthy of being in The Good Place. That said, one would expect the show to be about Eleanor and Chidi’s adventures in The Good Place, as Eleanor tries to become a better person. However, this is where the show’s real trademark comes through. Each episode that follows subverts the plot set up by the previous episode—a welcome break from the classic sitcom formula. As far as sitcoms go, most shows follow a basic plot, from “Friends” to “How I Met Your Mother” to “Parks and Recreation”. The characters are presented with a problem, and are paired off into different groups.

Throughout the course of the episode, the pairings make room for character growth and humorous situations. At the end of the day, all their problems are solved, and the formula is rinsed and repeated for the entirety of the series. “The Good Place” follows this formula loosely, as the characters are paired differently in each episode, and the dynamics between them give insight into the type of people they were on Earth. As the first season progresses however, each episode ends with a new revelation or twist that impacts the next episode, and the main characters’ problems only get worse. Without revealing the plot twist of the first season, it is best to note that the show only grows from there. Season 2 continued to push the boundaries of the show, undoing all the plot development that was set in motion in the first season, and Season 3 is no different. “The Good Place” is a pleasant change from the traditional sitcom and is definitely worth a watch for those seeking a new obsession.

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Week of December 11, 2018


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Horoscopes credited to Poetastrologers

PISCES You are such a sweetheart even when you aren’t. Give yourself a present or two. Because why should you have to sit there while everyone else dances. Dance, dance, you should dance, too.

SAGITTARIUS Could it be that the very thing you seek is sitting there waiting for you. Is it a green flame or a lilac sky. Do you wander waiting for it to call back to you. You must say the name first to get the answer (hint: it’s your name).

VIRGO You will find a marigold card where you least expect it. Write your name wherever you can find a space to. It’s horrible to be right sometimes. But you always are right.


You are getting things together for a big reveal. The end result will turn out better than you think. Your heart beats like a warm thing. Oh you’re so beautiful and more than ever.

AQUARIUS You left something a long time ago now. It was a party but you thought it was over. It’s still going on with a new set of songs. Don’t be afraid to be a genius.

SCORPIO You stand at the perfect opening between the past and the future. You always want them to be the same thing. But no they are the very different definition of yes and no. You will have to say one or the other.


Interspersed is a shell of the highest pink. Collect the pretty things and circle around the trees. You will need to know who is watching. It could be everyone.

TAURUS Could it be the sun has a sort of whiskey scent to it. Or are you just muddling through the air like a wolf. Keep in mind that no one’s perfect. They will need to know this when it’s all new.

CAPRICORN You are turning so many dishes hoping to get them all at just the right angle. It can’t only be you who notices everything that has happened. It can’t be but it is. Go out one night to celebrate your freedom.


LIBRA You will have a newness of purpose. So you should act in this new way as much as possible if you want to be at your best. Do you like green things. Yes, you do like green things.



You have an ability to keep cool the many years of hurts. So that when it’s time you can hand just the right person a very cold plate. Don’t be inaccurate with your heart. You may think you know but you don’t completely.


Late winter chill or is it you. You will struggle with your independence (note: you want more of it) and then cry when no one ever calls. It’s true you may never find what you’re looking for. But you better keep trying.



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Week of December 11, 2018


NJIT Picks Up First Road Win of the Season, 72-51, at LIU Brooklyn By NJIT Athletics

BROOKLYN, NY—NJIT picked up its first road win of the season, led by a season-best 21 points from graduate student Tatianna Torres in the Highlanders' 72-51 victory at LIU Brooklyn in women's basketball non-conference action at the Steinberg Center Sunday afternoon. NJIT (2-8) snaps a three-game skid while LIU Brooklyn (0-9) remains winless on the season. NJIT led 21-20 at the end of the first quarter and held the home team to single digits (six) in the second quarter, taking a 38-25 advantage heading into the half. LIU Brooklyn's best scoring quarter was the third stanza, 20-16, but the Highlanders again kept the Blackbirds to just six points in the fourth quarter, outscoring the home team, 18-6, to secure the first road win of the 2018 season. Torres scored 12 of her 21 points in the first half, finishing 9-for-18 from the field, including six rebounds and six assists.

Junior forward Danielle Tunstall posted her second double-double of the season, producing 18 points, 11 rebounds and four steals. Tunstall led all players with 11 boards as the Highlanders outrebounded the Blackbirds, 39-28. Graduate student Kelly Guarino and Ellyn Stoll netted 11 points each in the win. Jeydah Johnson was the lone double-figure scorer for LIU Brooklyn with 20 points, finishing 8-for-13 from the field and 3-of-3 from beyond the arc. Freshman Brandy Thomas, who entered the game tied for first in the nation in double-doubles, was held to just eight points and three rebounds. NJIT got off to a hot start to open the game, hitting 4-of-6 from the field and jumping out to a 9-3 advantage over LIU Brooklyn. The Blackbirds used a 6-2 spurt sparked by a jumper by Johnson at the 6:26 mark, pulling within two of the Highlanders, 11-9. LIU Brooklyn cut the visitors lead

Lewis Terrorizes Terriers in NJIT's 82-60 Rout The Senior Posts Game-Highs Across the Board as the Highlanders Soar to 9-2 By NJIT Athletics


to within one, 12-11, with 4:32 on the clock after a bucket by Thomas. NJIT took a five-point lead, 20-15, after a short 6-2 run, with less than two minutes to play in the quarter. The Blackbirds scored the final four points of the first quarter, cutting the Highlander lead to within one, 20-19. NJIT scored the first seven points of the second quarter, increasing the Highlander lead to eight, 2719. LIU Brooklyn went scoreless in the first five minutes until Johnson knocked down a three-pointer from the wing to break the scoring drought. Torres scored the next four points, pushing the Highlander lead to six, 31-25, under the five minute media. NJIT scored the final seven points of the second quarter, taking its biggest lead of the game, 13, 3825. Torres shared game-high honors with Johnson from LIU Brooklyn with 12 points. Guarino was the other double-figure scorer at the

(NEWARK, NJ) – Senior Abdul Lewis put forth a monster performance with game-highs in points (19), rebounds (16), assists (3) and blocks (5) in leading NJIT past St. Francis Brooklyn on Saturday at the Wellness and Events Center (WEC). As of publishing time, the Highlanders are one of just 12 teams in the nation with nine wins. At 9-2, NJIT is off to its best start since the program opened 10-1 in 1994-95 – a season in which it went 28-2 and advanced to the NCAA Division-III Elite Eight. The Highlanders are now 3-0 against Northeast Conference teams this season, starting with road victories against the NEC regular-season champion (Wagner College) and tournament champion (LIU Brooklyn). Sophomore Zach Cooks, who came into the affair leading the ASUN in scoring at 19.0 points per game, finished exactly at his average -- sharing game-high honors with Lewis at 19 points. He also tied his career-high with seven rebounds, a personal-best recently set in Tuesday's win over Army West Point. Senior Diandre Wilson was the only other Highlander in double-digits, scoring 18 points on an effective 5-for-8 shooting and a perfect 7-for-7 from the line. It was the Fort Lauderdale native's best scoring output since draining 20 in a 63-60 win over Brown University on Nov. 11. In what has been a growing theme for NJIT, defense was at the heart of this victory. The Highlanders held the NEC's second-leading scoring offense to just 60 points -- 18.5

half with 11 points on 3-of-5 from three-point range. NJIT continued its momentum in the third quarter, scoring the first six points – four of which from sophomore Stoll, taking a 44-25 lead. LIU Brooklyn's Johnson scored five points in less than two minutes, to keep to the Blackbirds within distance of the Highlanders, 49-34. The Blackbirds cut the Highlander deficit to single digits, 54-45, thanks to a last second shot at the buzzer to close the third quarter by Tia Montagne. NJIT started the fourth quarter on an 8-0 run (five points by Torres),

extending its lead to 62-45 and the Highlanders never looked back securing 72-51 victory. As a team, the Highlanders dished out 13 assists and registered 11 steals in the win. NJIT will close out its 2018 road schedule when the Highlanders visit Colgate on December 14 at 6pm. NJIT has not played Colgate since the 2012-13 season when the two squads split the season series. The Highlanders grabbed the late-game victory in the second meeting with a winning three-pointer from Martina Matejcikova with eight seconds left on the clock.

points below their season average at the start of play. The Terries began just 1-for-12 from the floor, which proved to be a harbinger for the entire game. St. Francis Brooklyn finished at just 31.3-percent shooting (21-for-67) and 21.4-percent from downtown 6-for-28). In addition, NJIT limited the Terriers' top three scorers, Jalen Jordan (16.3 ppg), Chauncey Hawkins (13.8 ppg) and Glenn Sanabria (10.1 ppg) to a combined 24 points on 9-for-35 shooting (25.7%). The Highlanders, who entered the contest second in the ASUN in scoring defense (68.4 ppg) and field-goal-percentage defense (42.1%), have now allowed just 62.7 ppg (564) on 36.9-percent shooting (193-for-523) in their nine victories this season. Because the Highlanders also started slow offensively -- converting on just one of their first nine field-goal attempts -- the NJIT lead was just 6-5 seven minutes into the game. Eventually, the home team heated up. With a 15-13 lead and 8:39 left before half, the Highlanders went on a 21-7 run that swelled their advantage to a then-game-high 15 points at 36-21 at the 3:07 mark. Wilson had seven points during the stretch -- including the first five -and Cooks finished the span with the final five NJIT points. Lewis also chipped in with four points during this outcome-deciding period that lasted 5:32. Out of the break, the Highlanders never looked back. At its apex, the lead ballooned to 31 points at 74-43

with 4:52 left to play. If the cherry on top wasn't a Lewis block leading to an emphatic dunk by junior San Antonio Brinson in transition at the 1:22 mark, it certainly came in the form of a driving layup with a scoop by sophomore walk-on Patrick Jamison to the delight of the crowd with 19 seconds remaining. Aside from the shooting disparity, the Highlanders also enjoyed a 46-39 rebounding advantage along with an 11-8 turnover edge. Compliments of Lewis, NJIT outscored St. Francis Brooklyn in the paint, 34-26. NJIT has now completed the home portion of its non-conference schedule and will face a challenging four-game road trip starting Tuesday at Fordham University. The slate also includes Fairleigh Dickinson University (Dec. 15), University of Houston (Dec. 29) and Duquesne University (Dec. 31). This tough stretch will lead into the start of ASUN play with a home bout against Kennesaw State University on Jan. 5. At 9-2, NJIT has already clinched a winning record in its non-conference schedule -- accomplished only one other time in the program's Division-I history. During the 2015-16 season, the Highlanders posted a 9-7 non-conference mark en route to a 20-15 finish and run into the semifinals of the National Postseason Tournament (CIT).

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